With the pub now a distant memory and no signs of them opening this side of Christmas, it’s high time you got your home hop fix from one of the many beer subscription services thriving in the UK during lockdown. But with so many to choose from it can be tricky to know which to sign up to. That’s where we come in with what we think are the country’s best door-to-door beer subscription services. Cheers!
- Price: £24 a month
- Website: https://www.beer52.com/
Founded back in 2013, Beer52 is probably the UK’s most popular craft beer subscription club. Offering you the usual door-to-door convenience, Beer52 take craft lovers around the world, visiting a new country every month in search of the best beers. That means you’re always going to be trying something new. It’s reasonably priced at £24 a month for 8 beers (either a mixed case or just light beers), and each box comes with a snack and the Ferment beer magazine.
- Price: From £22.50 a month
- Website: https://honestbrew.co.uk/subscribe/
Another big hitter on the UK craft market, HonestBrew source their brews from hundreds of independent producers from across the world. You get to choose how many beers you want in each monthly box (6, 9 or 12) and whether you want mixed styles or just IPAs and Pale Ales. If you’re serious about your crafts, you can also sign up to their no-commitment membership which gives you up to 15% off beers, as well as access to exclusive concoctions.
- Price: From £36 every 12 weeks
- Website: https://beerbods.co.uk/
Brought to you by the Beer Hawk team, BeerBods is perfect for the real beer connoisseurs who like to discuss the difference between a cascade and a mosaic hop. You get 12 beers in the post every 12 weeks for £36, with all subscribers drinking the same beer every week. Every Thursday you’ll get an email with the story behind that week’s beer and you can join the forum to discuss it or join a weekly virtual live tasting.
- Price: £19.90 a month (plus delivery)
- Website: https://www.flavourly.com/beer/club/
Collaborating directly with small batch breweries in the UK and further afield, Flavourly bring beers which are made to order just for the Flavourly community. Like Beer52, you can order a light box or mixed box and the case includes The Flavourly Magazine as well as a snack. Flavourly also keeps a personalised tasting profile on customers, so they can curate the box especially for your preferences.
- Price: From £24.19 a month
- Website: https://cravedlondon.com/collections/monthly-craft-beer-jerky-subscription
If you’re always the one at the pub craving a bar snack with your pint, let us introduce you to Craved. With this subscription, each month you’ll get a selection of six delicious craft beers from the best British microbrews across the country, as well as two handmade jerkies. Why jerky you ask? Because beer and jerky are a match made in heaven, and “enjoying them together takes the drinking experience up a (very tasty) notch.” It’s hard to argue with that logic.
Best of British
- Price: From £22.50 a month
- Website: https://www.bestofbritishbeer.co.uk/monthly-beer-club.html
If you like your ale and you to keep things local (we all should in the current climate, really), Best of British’s monthly beer club could be the one for you. The team at Best of British constantly scour the British Isles for new and exciting beers and bring them together for you to enjoy at home. They let you choose the kind of ale you want, how many deliveries you want and when you want them. As well as getting 12 different 500ml bottles of quality ale (with occasional 330ml bottles or cans) every month, you’ll also get a pub quiz thrown in for luck.
- Price: From £14.99 a month
- Website: https://www.virginwines.co.uk/beerbox
Believe it or not, despite the name Virgin Wines also sell some very decent craft beers at a very reasonable price. Not only that, they also have a ‘Beerbox’ subscription which gives you access to a regular supply of top quality craft beers from micro and regional breweries in the UK and around the world, delivered direct to your door with free delivery. The Taster Box, for example, gets you everything from a refreshing Saison from the North Norfolk coast to a rice-based ale from Japan.
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